Bishop's Wood, Herefordshire Genealogy

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Parish History

BISHOPSWOOD, a chapelry in Walford and Ruardean parishes, Hereford; on the river Wye, 3¼ miles SSW of Ross r. station. It was constituted in 1845; and its Post Town is Walford under Ross. [1]

Bishopswood All Saints was consecrated in 1845; funded by John Partiridge Esq who lived nearby at the Mansion House and owner of the Bishopswood Estate .

The "Church in the Woods" is on a steep hillside overlooking the Wye valley and is a simple Estate church built from nearby Forest of Dean stone. Electricity did not come to the church until 1963 to replace the oil lamps.

The Mansion House for the estate was destroyed by fire in 1870.

The Ecclesisastical Parish was formed from Walford, Herefordshire and Ruardean, Gloucestershire Ancient Parishes; the parish forms part of the county boundary with Gloucestershire, Ruardean, Gloucestershire being it's neighbour.

Bishopswood is the site of the 1895 discovery of the Bishopswood hoard of 17,458 mid 4th century coins which are now held at the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery. [1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

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Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection -no results found.

Census records

No census record entry appears in search for Bishop's Wood in the present microfilm listing for either county of Herefordshire or Gloucestershire in the film listing for the Family History Library. Nor is it present in Herefordshire Census Surname Index A-B

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions

Ross Poor Law Union,Herefordshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Herefordshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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Web sites

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  1. Wilson, John Marius,Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870). Date accessed: 22 May 2013.